Review: What I Really Learned In College by Addison Winters

July 22, 2014

 

Title: What I Really Learned In College

Series: With Honors

Author: Addison Winters

Synopsis:

Alex Rose is a 32-year-old divorced mother of two, looking for a better life for her and her sons. In search of answers, she returns to college to finally get that degree she’s always dreamed of. What she finds is something she wasn’t even looking for.
Mason Brooks is every girl’s dream: 21 years old, tall, with dirty blond hair that curls when it’s wet, sea-blue eyes, and dimples. Hot, sexy…and deliciously naïve and innocent.
Enter a tantalizing world where an average soccer mom utilizes her newfound knowledge of psychology to make life just a little more interesting. Follow along as Alex educates Mason on the art of seducing and pleasing a woman. Take notes as she introduces him to a whole new level of intensity and sexual pleasure. Study the sensual art of tantric sex as Alex creates her own style of silk and lace female dominance.
This little tryst will never survive past college–but Alex is determined to enjoy it the fullest while it lasts.

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About the Author

Addison Winters graduated from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis with a BS in psychology. She loves music, can be found “dancing” around her house when no one’s home, and is notorious for blowing the speakers out on her car. She’s been known to surprise her children with Jell-O balloon fights and to pull “devious” pranks on her friends. Addison enjoys playing basketball and softball and is proud to be the team captain for the Happy Hooters in the Striking Out Cancer, annual Ladies Softball Tournament. She is also an avid reader and enjoys spending time in her gardens and with her family. She and her husband, Monte, have three children, three puppies, and an oversized cat. They reside in Indiana.


My thoughts

I’m finding that authors are challenging my ability to say that I don’t usually care for the heroine’s in romance. Typically, I’m all about the alpha males. Maybe it’s because Alex is closer to my age and more self-assured that I can relate to who her than other heroines in other novels who are typically in their early twenties and fumbling around for a sense of self.

Alex is a smart cookie who shows she can balance all the men in her life, even her arrogant ex-husband. With her two sons in tow, she embarks on a journey back to college and an unconventional (and unintentional) relationship with a fellow student.

A little shy of his 21 birthday when they meet, Alex is understandably hesitant to enjoy the easy company that Mason offers. He’s a cute kid and she struggles to keep it that way. Unfortunately, that isn’t what Mason wants. More  importantly, it’s not what Alex really wants either.

The problem is their age difference. At least it’s a problem in Alex’s world. No one can see past the fact that Mason is 21 and Alex, while older than him, is capable of having a relationship with anyone she chooses. I found the person the most offensive in that regard was her mother. Ugh. It’s one thing for a parent not to like your choices, but her mother seemed to be going the extra mile to cause a riff where there shouldn’t be one. Her dad, he gets a round of applause from me. And Danny, the ex, throw rocks at him. He was never endearing and even less so when I read how he really treated his boys. Yuck.

The romance between Mason and Alex was sweet with a side of sexy. I wish there were more moments where it was just about the two of them. It seemed like a lot of other stuff took up so much real estate in the book.  The sexy bits began and ended so quickly that I didn’t feel like I had a moment to really appreciate them.

The ending kind of threw me. Without giving it away, I don’t see how the situation is even a debate. Even if Mason isn’t Alex’s idea of happily ever after, which is based on valid concerns, the option on the table isn’t a viable option. Not if I’m supposed to keep my respect for her as a person. And this isn’t just my view of her as a woman. It would be the same if it was a man. The “excuse” cited by her friend isn’t a good one. Anyone basing thier life decisions on the plot of a Hollywood movie shouldn’t be allowed to make adult decisions.

Those are my only two gripes. As a whole, the book was a quick and easy read. I’d recommend this to someone looking for a sizzling afternoon read.

My Rating:

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*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.*